What if, instead of battling about the costs of environmental regulations in the political arena and the courts, property owners and environmental groups treated their differences as an opportunity for arbitrage?

Whether regulation generally—and environmental regulation, in particular—imposes significant burdens on property owners and other regulated parties is sharply contested. The … More

By issuing permits allowing counties to resume implementing Utah’s plan to protect prairie dogs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chooses cooperation over conflict to protect species

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued permits to several counties in Southwestern Utah allowing them to resume … More

The elephant trophy ban that wasn’t: after dizzying flip-flops, will the US continue to support hunting-based conservation programs?

Although the Endangered Species Act generally forbids the hunting of rare species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can permit … More

We love federalism . . . until we don’t: committing to federalism would promote innovation, accountability, and hedge against national politics

Federalism—preserving the states’ independent policymaking role to promote innovation and democratic accountability—is a value embraced by people across the political … More